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MakerBot Replicator Mini | #WeekendMake in Paris

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Ah, Paris, the city of lights. Architecture stands tall among the many cultural accomplishments of Parisians, and we designed our latest #WeekendMake model, “Paris Building”, with that proud tradition in mind. Print out your model on a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer and admire the detailed textures and architectural flourishes.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a #WeekendMake without a photo challenge.  Once you’ve printed your own “Paris Building”, snap a photo of your model with some added French flair, whether it’s a beret or a baguette. Once you’ve found that certain “je ne sais quoi”, let us know by uploading your photos to Instagram, and tweeting @MakerBot with the tag #WeekendMake.

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MakerBot Desktop | 3.2.1 Compatible with More Printers

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Earlier this year, we introduced MakerBot Desktop, a complete, free 3D printing solution for discovering, managing, and sharing your 3D prints.

We incorporated the features of our popular MakerBot MakerWare into the MakerBot Desktop app, and added features like a personal MakerBot Cloud Library, the ability to monitor, pause, or cancel a print from your computer, and Explore, Store, and Learn sections.

We began the rollout of the MakerBot Desktop app with our Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Now, with this latest release, we’ve added an important improvement, and support for even more MakerBot devices.

Download MakerBot Desktop 3.2.1.

MakerBot Desktop Available For More Printers
With MakerBot Desktop 3.2.1, we’ve added support for these printers:

–MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Original)

–MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer

–MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer

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When you install MakerBot Desktop 3.2.1, you’ll also be provided with the option to download and install MakerBot MakerWare for Digitizer.

Smarter Filament Unloading and More
The newest release of MakerBot Desktop is designed to help your Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer run more smoothly. We’ve improved filament unloading to help keep your MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder running reliably.

We’ve also added the ability to take a picture of your print in progress from the print monitor panel.

Check Your Operating System First
If you’re using either Mac OS X 10.6 or Windows XP, please continue to use MakerBot MakerWare.

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MakerBot Desktop | Time to Update to Firmware 1.2

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We’ve been hard at work refining firmware 1.2, the latest version of the software that runs on Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. The latest updates provide big improvements to the filament unloading process, so be sure to use MakerBot Desktop to update your firmware today.

Your MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder Just Got Smarter
We’ve streamlined the filament unloading process in firmware 1.2. The revamped process will work in tandem with updates in MakerBot Desktop 3.2.1 to help prevent filament jamming in your MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder.

In addition, we’ve added more accurate z-homing for the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer, and more specific error messages for the Smart Extruder.

Upgrade Your Firmware With MakerBot Desktop
Forget how to update your firmware using MakerBot Desktop? Here’s a quick refresher:

Use a USB cable to connect your MakerBot device to your computer. Once you have MakerBot Desktop open, check to see if there’s a new version of firmware available. In the menu bar, go to the “Devices” drop-down menu and select “Update Firmware.”

MakerBot Desktop will detect which version of firmware your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer is running.

If you’re not using the current firmware version, download the latest (this might take a few minutes). Once your update is complete, you’re ready to start printing!

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MakerBot Retail | Uglydoll Collectibles Now Available

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Last month, we announced a partnership with Uglydoll, the beloved brand of children’s plush dolls created by Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath. We introduced four fan favorites (Babo, Wage, Ice-Bat and OX) as downloadable 3D models available at the Makerbot Digital Store.

Over the weekend, our four friends got adventurous and snuck their way into all three MakerBot Retail Stores in NYC, Boston, and Greenwich, CT. These cute and colorful 3D printed Uglydoll characters are eager for their next outing. Don’t leave them hanging: Take an Uglydoll home with you today!

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Home Depot | DIY Meets MIY (Make It Yourself)

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The Home Depot, the second largest retailer in the US, has long been known as the go-to spot for people looking to repair and replace the things that keep the gears turning in our homes and businesses. Now, we’re teaming up with the Home Depot to offer MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers and an exclusive in-store experience to a select number of Home Depot stores across the nation.

See below for a list of Home Depot locations where MakerBot products will be sold:

East Palo Alto, CA
Emeryville, CA
Huntington Beach, CA
San Carlos, CA
West Hills, CA
Wilshire/Union, CA
Manhattan 59th St, NY
Manhattan West 23rd St, NY
Lincoln Park, IL
Naperville, IL
North Avenue, IL
South Loop, IL

Bre Pettis, our CEO and a lifelong DIY enthusiast and MIY advocate, is particularly thrilled about our new pilot program with the Home Depot. “Imagine a world where you can 3D print replacement parts and use 3D printing as an integral part of design and building work,” he said in a recent statement.

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MakerBot products will be showcased inside Home Depot stores in specially designed kiosks where customers can see live 3D printing demonstrations, check out sample prints showcasing practical applications for 3D printing, and take home 3D printed souvenirs.

Come visit MakerBot at 12 Home Depot locations in New York, California and Illinois, or purchase MakerBot products on homedepot.com/makerbot.

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#WeekendMake | Make Your Excavator Larger than Life

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Last week, we introduced #WeekendMake, a weekly series of projects (including free downloadable models) to get you started with printing on your Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer.

Time to Excavate
This week, we’re digging deeper with the “Excavator” from MakerBot Thingiverse, a multi-piece model that prints with parts that move without any assembly whatsoever.

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Make It Look BIG
With this week’s #WeekendMake, we want to see your photos of the “Excavator” looking larger than life. Try taking a photo from a lower angle, or find a setting in need of excavation and put your model to work!

Share Your #WeekendMake
We love hearing about your printing success stories, so be sure to send us your favorite creations by uploading them to Instagram, or tweeting @MakerBot with the tag #WeekendMake.

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MakerBot Replicator Mini | Introducing #WeekendMake

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MakerBot Replicator Mini Users: Unleash Your Creativity
Looking for a fun weekend project to print on your Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer? Sharpen your 3D printing skills and have fun while doing it with #WeekendMake. Our new weekly email series will bring you suggestions for 3D models that will print beautifully on your MakerBot Replicator Mini. Use this opportunity to get creative with your family and friends.

Thingiverse and MakerBot Digital Store
Every Friday, we’ll send you an email identifying a fun, easy-to-print 3D model from Thingiverse or the MakerBot Digital Store. For our first #WeekendMake, we’re bringing you one of our favorite models, “Cute Octopus Says Hello”.

Download “Cute Octopus”

Share Your 3D Prints
Love what you made? Tweet @MakerBot with your best prints and share the fun with the community. For this #WeekendMake, snap photos of your octopus enjoying the July 4 weekend, whether it’s hitting the beach, or getting patriotic. Send us your favorites by tweeting @MakerBot with the tag #WeekendMake. We’re eager to hear about your progress, so be sure to check in every week with your tweets and pictures. Happy printing!

 

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MakerBot Careers | Summer 2014 Internship Program

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MakerBot is proud to welcome the 30 students participating in our Summer 2014 Internship program. They were selected from a range of universities and majors, and hail from all over the country.

MakerBot founder Bre Pettis encouraged the interns to “bring your passions to the work you do”, and we’ve seen them take that advice to heart. And because summer is also synonymous with fun, we sent them on a Brooklyn Heights scavenger hunt designed to help them learn the neighborhood’s history.

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If you or anyone you know is interested in interning at MakerBot, be on the lookout in early 2015 for information on next year’s program.

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MakerBot PrintShop | Anyone Can Design 3D Printable Models

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Have you ever wanted to create your own 3D printable design? Now you don’t need any experience to design beautiful models for easy printing on your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer.

Introducing MakerBot PrintShop, a fun, easy, and free tablet application for creating and 3D printing all kinds of cool things on MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

Download MakerBot PrintShop from the iTunes Store.

Design It, Customize It, Print It
For the first release of MakerBot PrintShop, we’ve created three tools for making fun, imaginative, and totally customizable 3D printable models:

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Type Maker: The first type tool created specifically for 3D printing. Use it to make signs, letters, nameplates, and more.

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Ring Maker: Print your own ring, custom-fitted for your finger. We have all kinds of ring designs on deck, from baseball caps, to coffee cups, to crowns.

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Bracelet Maker: Use this tool to design elegant 3D printable bracelets featuring otherworldly abstract patterns.

Each of these intuitive design tools generates printable models that are optimized for MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers and print without supports. We’ll continue to add new tools to PrintShop, so be on the lookout for updates.

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3D Model Hall Of Fame
Not in the mood to customize your own 3D printable model? Choose from a curated gallery of ready-to-print models instead. These educational, entertaining, and useful items from the MakerBot Thingiverse 3D Design Community are a great way to get familiar with 3D printing.

That’s Not All, Folks
If you want to save your designs to print later, PrintShop can store them in your personal MakerBot Cloud Library. PrintShop also gives you the ability to monitor your prints using your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer’s onboard camera, as well as cancel prints or unload filament.

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MakerBot Innovator Session | Fred Kahl to Speak in NYC

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Coney Island has been NYC’s famous site of amusement parks, boardwalk attractions and seaside vacationing since the early 1900’s. Using five MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, Fred Kahl, AKA The Great Fredini, created a complete, accurately scaled model of Coney Island’s Luna Park as it stood in 1914, 100 years ago. “I used to think, when I retire, I’ll make it out of matchsticks or something,” Kahl said in a New York Times interview. Then Kahl “got a Makerbot Replicator and [hasn’t] looked back since.” A year in the making, the 3D model is now on display at the Coney Island Museum.

Come hear Kahl speak on July 10th at 7:30pm at the NYC MakerBot Retail Store. You’ll learn about his exploration with using MakerBot Replicator 3D printers, and how he managed to achieve the accurately scaled model.

Space is limited, so register today.

A Creator, An Inventor
While pursuing his re-creation of Luna Park, Kahl also explored 3D scanning and invented The Scan-O-Tron 3000 Full Body 3D Scanning Rig. To help fund his ambitious Luna Park model, Kahl launched a Kickstarter campaign for a pop-up business, Coney Island Scan-A-Rama. Using his invention, Scan-A-Rama creates 3D portraits of customers that are then displayed in the Luna Park model at Coney Island Museum.

See a smaller version of Kahl’s Luna Park model and some of Kahl’s favorite Scan-A-Rama portraits on display at the NYC MakerBot Retail Store through the month of July.

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